Wednesday, December 25, 2019

How to eat healthy on a budget

Eating healthy can be a challenge - especially when you're on a tight budget. But being strapped for cash doesn't mean you have to subsist on a diet of only unhealthy foods, however. When money is tight, try these simple tips that can keep you eating healthy for less.

1. Buy in-season fruits and vegetables.

Fresh produce generally costs less while it's in season, so when you're shopping for groceries, be sure to seek out in-season fruits and vegetables. If you need to purchase produce that is out of season, compare the item's fresh and frozen prices to see which is currently more cost-effective.

2. Buy day-old bakery items.

Despite tasting almost as fresh, day-old bakery items are cheaper than their freshly baked counterparts. The only downside - day-olds are often packaged in larger quantities. Fortunately, freezing the extras can help you maintain their freshness. For the healthiest options, stick to wholegrain baked goods.

3. Buy dairy products in larger sizes.

As dairy products like milk and cheese tend to get cheaper per serving as sizes go up, opt to buy the larger sizes whenever possible. Do check, however, that the products' expiration dates are far enough away so the items can be fully consumed before they spoil, or else this tip may actually end up costing you more in the long run.

As you can see, it's possible to spend less while still maintaining a healthy diet. So, to help ensure you're still eating healthy while on a budget, give these tips a try the next time you need groceries, but find yourself strapped for cash.

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